Kids Consumed By Phones, TV, Computer, Video Games

These days it seems hard to separate kids from all of their electronic devices. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?


These days it seems hard to separate kids from all of their electronic devices. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

According to a new study kids 8 to 18 years old now devote almost a whole working day --more than 7 and a half hours -- to a smart phone, computer,television, video game or other electronic device. That's up almost ninety minutes from the last study, five years ago.


Researchers say the dramatic increase is powered largely by the fact that today more kids own cell phones and ipods, and most electronic devices are handheld and portable.


The study noted the heaviest users were more likely to report they got into trouble, were not happy at school and 47 percent made average grades or lower.


So if you're a parent what should you do?

A pediatrician and father of two teens says parental involvement is key, saying parents need to set up rules on how much time kids can spend on these devices.

Do you see a problem with kids spending too much time on these devices? How exactly would you get kids to spend less time consumed with today's technological offerings?



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  • by The Health Dude Location: on Feb 16, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    Interesting games for all fans and dedicated gamers from all continents. It is the best way to kill time. Thanks.
  • by Sharyn Location: Falkland on Jan 30, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    We took Text Messaging away from our 16 year old son because you could not have a conversation without being interrupted. We noticed him texting under the table at dinner, He moaned the entire 1st evening he could not text. We all agree life is far more pleasant now without texting. It is great to be able to speak to him without being interrupted.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jan 23, 2010 at 02:41 AM
    When I was a kid (I'm 30) I had a computer, a hand-me-down Commodore from my dad. Still, on summer days, my mother kicked me out until sundown. Couldn't even come in to use the bathroom. "Go to McDonald's and use theirs," she'd say. Phones? We had a house phone. Our friends had house phones. More often than not we couldn't call one another, had to go visit them, and if they weren't home -- too bad. But that's just how things were in the late 80s, early 90s. I don't know how kids today would survive like that. I agree parents need to be there for their kids, sure, but kids have to learn to be independent. I carry my cell everywhere, but I feel almost liberated on days I forget it. (Until I check my messages, that is.) Kids Gadgets =/= bad, though, they just have to be less dependent on them and more in tune with their learning and development. Just remember, sci-fi fuels tomorrow's innovations, and the Atari kids from my generation are changing the world in the tech sector today.
  • by roughrider83 on Jan 22, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    Easy. Take them away. Question-What did kids do before all of these brain destroying gizmos? Answer- Reading something called a book. Playing outside (more than just the one hour a day sanctioned by some overpaid jocks). How about daydreaming and using something called an imagination?

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